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Final plans for Lyric unveiled

By Shawntaye Hopkins, Herald-Leader [Lexington], September 11, 2007

Final plans for the long abandoned Lyric Theatre in Lexington was unveiled September 10. The theater, at the corner of E. Third Street and Elm Tree Lane, was once a bustling black entertainment hub that featured top-name performances such as Ray Charles and Duke Ellington. It closed in 1963 and has remained unused since. Discussions for renovations have been ongoing for years.

The final plans include a restored theater seating more than 500, as well as a new African-American history museum. It will also be expanded from its existing 13,000 sq. ft. to 29,000 sq. ft. The original sloped floor of the theater will be used, and the marquee and terrazzo floor restored.

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